Max Kortlander  (1890-1961)
Last updated: 22.10.21
p_kortlander.jpgMax Kortlander was an American pianist and composer of popular music born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was a significant person at the QRS roll company after staring cutting rolls as a teen-ager alongside many major pianists of the time including Zez Confrey, Lee S. Roberts and Thomas Waller. He used the names Ted Baxter and Jeff Watters as pseudonyms particularly when cutting four hand arrangements. He was made General Manager of the QRS laboratories in New York City just after WW1 and went on to take over the company when it collapsed in 1931 and renamed it The Imperial Industrial Corporation. He ran the corporation successfully until his death.
His song Tell Me (1919), words by J. Will Callahan, was a huge success and its sale to Jerome H. Remick & Co. is said to have been the basis of his fortune.

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DBE1290 Blue Moon (1918) - Fox Trot
A/T/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 4 mins.
print-on-demand €12.00 £10.00 $15.50  
DBE1291 Red Clover (1923) - Novelty
A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 4½ mins.
print-on-demand €12.00 £10.00 $15.50  
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This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 21 works by Max Kortlander (1890-1961). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER
Title Year Attribution Remarks
Chicken Pranks 1917 L.S. Roberts (co-author)  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg youtube15.jpg
Ragtime Sailor Man, The 1917 J. Will Callahan (words)  wvicon.gif
Blue Moon 1918 L.S. Roberts (co-author)  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg youtube15.jpg
Drop Me Down in Dixieland 1918 J. Will Callahan (words)  wvicon.gif
Shimmie Shoes 1918  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg youtube15.jpg
Tell Me 1919 J. Will Callahan (words)
Rubye de Remer (perf. by)
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Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere 1920 Louis Weslyn (words)  wvicon.gif
Blue Clover 1920  wvicon.gif
Funeral Rag 1920  youtube15.jpg youtube15.jpg
Hot Tamale Mollie 1920 Louis Weslyn (words)  wvicon.gif
Sing Love's Alphabet With Me Bebe-D 1921 Bebe Daniels (perf. by)
Bygones 1922 Harry Alpert (co-author)
Louis Weslyn (words)
Hunting the Ball Rag 1922  youtube15.jpg youtube15.jpg
Deuces Wild 1923  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg youtube15.jpg
Red Clover 1923  wvicon.gif youtube15.jpg youtube15.jpg
Lovers Waltz 1924 Henri De Martini (co-author)
Jack Yellen (words)
Ain't I Got Rosie 1926 P. Wendling (words)
Willie Raskin (words)
Felix the Cat 1928 P. Wendling (co-author)
Alfred Bryan (words)
Moonlight Down in Lovers' Lane 1933 George B.Pitman (words)
Bartley Costello (words)
Let's Try It ?
Li'l Joe ?
     Title Dur Performer Composer Score/Song
youtube15.jpg Blue Moon 2:42 Ragtime Dorian Henry M. Kortlander  Blue Moon (1918)
youtube15.jpg Chicken Pranks 2:37 Ragtime Dorian Henry M. Kortlander 
youtube15.jpg Deuces Wild 2:22 Ragtime Dorian Henry M. Kortlander 
youtube15.jpg Funeral Rag 2:27 Ragtime Dorian Henry M. Kortlander 
youtube15.jpg Hunting the Ball Rag 3:39 Ragtime Dorian Henry M. Kortlander 
youtube15.jpg Red Clover 3:04 Ragtime Dorian Henry M. Kortlander  Red Clover (1923)
youtube15.jpg Shimmie Shoes 3:36 Ragtime Dorian Henry M. Kortlander 
youtube15.jpg Tell Me 1:45 Ragtime Dorian Henry M. Kortlander